Using ocean plastic to create positive change


“A circular economy is an alternative to a traditional linear economy (make, use, dispose) in which we keep resources in use for as long as possible, extract the maximum value from them whilst in use, then recover and regenerate products and materials at the end of each service life.”

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The ocean is getting full of plastic. The tide doesn’t seem to be yet turning. Creative solutions to tackling the issue of ocean plastics are one way to help create awareness, make a change and find innovative ways to turn waste into value. The beaches of Cova do Vapor are constantly being replenished with a new ‘waste’ plastic, from a combination of both Atlantic Ocean currents and the flow of the Tagus River. Everyday, 10s of kilograms of plastic are washed up onto the beaches of Cova do Vapor, causing harm to local wildlife and threatening to be washed into the big blue. This is happening across our world to varying degrees, with the negative impacts being widely documented - find out more.

In an attempt to drive action on the issue of ocean plastic we partnered with a local recycled plastic manufacturer to transform the ocean plastic that we collected through a series of beach clean ups into a usable and durable material. With this recycled ocean plastic the manufacturer created 200 planks specifically for use in Cova do Vapor. We are putting plastic back on the beach but this time not in waste form but new pathways that help keep people of the neighbouring protected dune area.

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Very soon we will release a new short video, where Co-Founder Théo Grainzevelles discuss the issue ahead of moderating a panel at the inaugural Blue Dot Generation.